Category: Spiritual Realm & Warfare

Can Satan Read Our Minds & Thoughts?

There is no evidence in the scriptures that suggests that satan can read our minds or our thoughts.
Whilst the devil is indeed a powerful angel, this does not mean that satan has the same attributes as God.
Therefore unlike God, satan is not omniscient. The devil is not all-knowing and neither is he infinitely wise. Satan is a created being and therefore he has limitations.
So the devil has limited knowledge; he has limited wisdom and he has limited understanding.

However even though satan cannot read our minds, the devil can still influence our thinking and our decisions. For example satan can influence our minds and thoughts through suggestions or temptations. Therefore the devil is able to plant seeds of doubt, fear, jealousy, lust and all sorts of suggestions and temptations in our minds in order to influence our thoughts and decisions.

The reason why Adam & Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden is because they were tempted and they obeyed satan’s suggestions (Genesis 3:1-24).
There is no human being who lives on the earth who cannot be tested or tempted by satan.
Even Jesus Christ was tempted by satan as the devil attempted to plant evil suggestions, ideas and temptations in the mind of Christ in order to persuade Christ into disobeying God.
However, Christ was able to defeat every tempting suggestion from satan by using the Scriptures (Matthew 4:1-11).

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says: For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

Our minds are one of the main battlegrounds where spiritual warfare takes place. We should avoid allowing the devil and his army of fallen angels from influencing our thinking and decisions.
Instead we should “take every thought captive to obey Christ” or the word of God.
The devil has been around long enough to study the weaknesses of mankind. The devil cannot read our minds but he can read our countenance; he can study our lifestyle and our behavior so that he can make an educated prediction pertaining to which temptation or problem is most likely to make us fall or disobey God.

Job 1:6-12 is evidence that satan goes “to and fro on the earth” and that he is able to study and observe mankind in order to discover our weaknesses so that he may inflict harm. The devil had clearly been observing the life of Job and appeared to have studied many aspects of Job’s life.
Therefore satan can make educated predictions or guesses based on his studies and observations of an individual or mankind as a whole. However he cannot read our minds or read the precise thoughts or intents of our hearts because satan is a creation with limited abilities.

 

Only God Can Read Our Minds & Thoughts
God alone is omniscient. God alone is infinitely wise and all-knowing. God does not make predictions or educated guesses. Nothing surprises God because He knows everything – past, present and future.
God does not need to study or observe mankind in order for Him to know us. Instead, God already knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5).
Matthew 9:4 reflects that Jesus knows our thoughts and the intents of our heart.
Psalms 139:4 says that God already knows what we will say even before we speak the words.
Therefore God alone can accurately and precisely read our minds and thoughts.

 

5 Signs You Are Under Spiritual Attack

Concerning spiritual attacks, first it is important to understand that the devil cannot be blamed for every problem or bad decision that we make in our own lives.
As mankind we have our own freewill to choose between right and wrong and good and evil.
In Romans 7:15 Paul wrote: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”
Therefore our own flesh or sinful nature play a huge part in working against us or against our desire to please God.

The Christian has 3 enemies: the devil, the world and his/her own sin nature. All these 3 things fight against us to prevent us from pleasing God.

The Bible says that the devil came to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). It also says that the devil prowls like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
We must therefore understand that the enemy will always seek to spiritually attack God’s people because the devil is a hater of everything that God loves and everything that God has created.
The devil will therefore use different methods and techniques in order to attempt to destroy our relationship with God and with others.
Ephesians 6:12 says that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces of darkness.
It’s therefore important for Christians to understand how the devil spiritually attacks believers.
We must also remember that when the devil attacks us, it can either be subtle or it can be sudden and so we must always be alert, vigilant and sober minded.

 

Here Are 5 Probable Signs That You’re Under Spiritual Attack

1. No Desire To Pray or Read The Bible
The last thing the devil wants is a praying Christian or a believer who studies the word of God. It is through prayer and personal study of God’s word that we draw close to God and we understand the nature of God. Prayer draws us close to God and reflects that we desire to communicate and intimately know our Creator.
It’s therefore imperative as Christians that we exercise self-discipline and that we prevent ourselves from allowing the distractions of life from hindering us from spending time with God through prayer and meditation of His word (Psalms 1:1-3).
When we are Biblically illiterate we open ourselves to all sorts of issues such as false teachings, anxieties and different kinds of sinful behavior. We therefore become ill-equipped to deal with specific issues or challenges in life.
We must therefore study God’s word to present ourselves approved (2 Timothy 2:15) and so that we may be equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

 

2. Persecution for the Gospel of Christ
The devil hates the authentic gospel of Jesus Christ above all things. It is therefore no surprise that when Christians stand for the Biblical principles of God and when they preach the gospel of Christ, believers will encounter many kinds of persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12 says “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,”
Throughout the world, Biblical Christians are either humiliated, excluded, provoked, physically harmed or killed because they boldly stand for the truth of God’s word and for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
These sort of persecutions are ultimately sourced from the devil who will do anything to prevent people from becoming genuinely saved because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore persecution will come from non-Christians; from the world and also from false religious teachers who spread false teachings.
In Luke 6:22-23 Jesus said the following: “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.”
The disciples of Christ faced the same persecution from both unbelievers and from the false religious teachers such as the Pharisees who attempted to prevent the spread of the authentic gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 5:17-42).

 

3. Suicidal Thoughts
Whenever you have thoughts of physically harming yourself or if you have growing thoughts of desiring to end your own life – this can be a sign of spiritual attack.
It is never the will of God that we should seek to commit suicide or to physically harm our own body. The life that God has given us is a gift which is to be lived for His purpose and glory.
Indeed life can be full of pain, struggles and tragedies. Sometimes our struggles in life may cause the devil to tempt us into thinking that suicide is an option.
1 Peter 5:7 says: “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
Philippians 4:6-8 encourages us not to worry about anything, but to pray to God about everything so that we may have the peace of God. We must also furthermore train our thoughts to focus on the things that are good and not on things that may cause us to sin against God.
Philippians 4:8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

 

4. Desire to Return to Sinful Habits & Lifestyles
The devil may desire for the Christian believer to backslide or return to old sinful habits and lifestyles. So where there are strong urges and temptations for you to return to your old life before you were saved – this may be a sign of spiritual attack.
Colossians 3:5-10 says: Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator
In James 4:7-8 we are urged to resist the devil and he will flee from us. One of the ways we resist the devil is by drawing nearer to God.

 

5. Overwhelming Feelings of Condemnation, Depression & Anxiety
Sometimes the devil may use our feelings against us. This is why the Bible frequently urges Christians to live by faith and not by sight (or our perception of our circumstances).
We therefore should live according to what the Bible says and not according to our feelings. We are to live according to every word that proceeds from the mouth of God and not according to the desires of the flesh.
Feelings come and go – but the word of God never changes and it remains forever.
Therefore the devil may accuse us; he may condemn us; he may make us feel inadequate; he may remind us of past sins and lead us into a state of depression because of our current circumstances or problems.
However, we must learn to trust God and not to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).
We must always have an attitude of thanksgiving and gratitude (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and we must learn to talk to God about every issue that is going on in our life (Philippians 4:6-7).
Romans 8:1 says: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
The devil is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10) – but however, in Christ we are no longer condemned and Christ is able to give us peace and joy even in the midst of a chaotic world.

 

5 Ways to Resist the Devil

Ephesians 6:12 says: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

It is clear from this passage that Christians all over the world are engaged in spiritual warfare. There are unseen demonic forces that wage war against God and the kingdom of God. As long as we live in this earth, the devil will always target Christians by inflicting all kinds of oppression and temptations against the Christian.
However, just like any warfare, it is important for every believer to know how to overcome the enemy and what strategies the Christian believer can use in order to live victoriously.

2 Corinthians 10:4 says: The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

 

 

DISCOVER 5 WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN RESIST THE DEVIL

 

1. Resist the Devil by Submitting to God
James 4:7 says: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Submission means that we accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person. Therefore our submission to God is an acknowledgment that God is superior and that He has authority over us.
God not only has authority over us – but He also has authority over the devil himself. Therefore our submission to God is an acknowledgment that ultimately the devil does not fight the Christian believer alone, but the devil also fights the almighty God.

 

2. Resist the Devil by Using God’s Word
Whenever Jesus was tempted by the devil, you will notice that Christ resisted the devil by using the scriptures to overcome satan’s temptations (Matthew 4:1-11).
Jesus Christ was rooted in the word of God. He lived by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Christ was obedient to the scriptures.
It’s therefore important for every Christian believer to use God’s word to overcome demonic or satanic philosophies that we may face in life. The word of God stands far above every other idea, suggestion or teaching. The Bible is also a spiritual offensive weapon against the enemy as it is used to both protect and attack in times of spiritual warfare. It is likened to a sword.
Hebrews 4:12 says: For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

 

3. Resist the Devil by Wearing the Armor of God
Ephesians 6:11 says: Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
The armor of God consists of the Christian believer exercising godly virtues and characteristics that enable the believer to overcome the schemes of the devil. According to Ephesians 6:13-17, these virtues or characteristics include living according to the truth of God’s word; They include living in the righteousness of Christ; We must also share the gospel of Christ; We must live by faith and not by sight in every circumstance; We must be reminded that our salvation is in Christ alone and we must always use the word of God as the guide in our daily life.

 

4. Resist the Devil by Prayer & Thanksgiving
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 says: Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
As Christians it is important that we pray constantly and that we do not fall into the trap of ungratefulness. Instead we must learn to be thankful in all circumstances.
When we do not pray, we will end up distancing ourselves from God. When we are ungrateful we will have a complaining attitude.
Therefore the devil desires to tempt believers to complain and be ungrateful towards God. The devil also tempts many Christians to avoid spending quality time with God.
Submitting to such temptations make the Christian weaker in or inhibit a Christian from maturing spiritually. It is therefore important to have a lifestyle of prayer and thanksgiving in all circumstances.
Philippians 4:6-7 says: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

5. Resist the Devil by Having the Correct Thought Life
2 Corinthians 10:5 says: We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
We therefore resist the devil by taking captive every thought and making it obedient to the word of God. Our thinking patterns must glorify God. Our thoughts must always be formed and accepted in light of God’s word. Therefore we must not allow the devil to manage our thought life.
Philippians 4:8 says: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

 

Conclusion
The devil cannot be resisted by our own strength or our own tactics and techniques. The word of God must be our ultimate guide.
Resisting the devil or any kind of demonic warfare requires that we also yield to Jesus Christ and realize that the battle ultimately belongs to the Lord.
Jesus Christ is above all things and He has the name that is above all names. Therefore we cannot overcome temptation or the devil without having Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives. When the devil is resisted, it’s because Christ alone gives us the strength and He enables us to resist him.

 

Do Aliens Exist? Are We Alone in the Universe?

Do aliens really exist? Is it possible that extraterrestrial life exists somewhere in the universe?
Evolutionists are more likely to believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life due to the evolution theory that all life evolves.
Therefore, the reasoning of any evolutionist would be that if life evolved on the earth, then it’s probable that life may have evolved in other places or planets in the universe.
Even atheist scientists like the late Stephen Hawking believed in the existence of aliens. He apparently warned about the dangers of mankind encountering alien civilizations. Hawking suggested that if an advanced alien civilization were to come to Earth, then “such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they could reach”.

According to an article on the belief of alien life, it is reported that a survey done in 24 countries reveals that at least 50-61 percent of humans believe that some form of life exists outside of Earth, or that intelligent alien civilizations exist somewhere in the universe.

However, is there actual evidence that aliens exist? Can scientists conclusively prove that we are not alone in the universe?
Organizations such as NASA have spent billions of dollars researching the universe, yet to this day there is no evidence that extraterrestrial life exists. Despite the use of the most advanced technology being used to observe the universe, scientists can only speculate, but they cannot prove if aliens exist or not.


What Does the Bible Say About Aliens?

However, what does the Bible say about aliens? The truth is, the Bible gives us no reason to believe in extraterrestrial life. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth (Genesis 1:1).
In Genesis, chapters 1 & 2, the Bible clearly tells us that at the beginning of time, God created the universe including the Earth.
According to the scriptures, life was created on the Earth but there is no evidence in the Bible that life was also created in other planets or parts of the universe.
There is also no evidence from the scriptures that there is another planet that is perfectly suitable to sustain life. Yes, there may be planets that have been discovered by astronomers as being “Earth-like” – however, do these particular “Earth-like” planets have life actually existing on them?
So far, it can be concluded that there is no Earth-like planet discovered in the universe that has any habitation of life, besides our own planet.
If God wanted us to know that extraterrestrial life existed somewhere in the universe, then He would have mentioned it in the scriptures. The Bible mentions intelligent spiritual beings such as angels and demons. It also mentions that there is a spiritual realm – however, it does not mention the existence of physical aliens existing in the universe.

What About Sightings of Aliens or UFOs?
How do we explain supposed alien sightings by people? Since the Bible does not mention the existence of aliens, there is a Biblical explanation for the sightings of supposed aliens. Genesis 6:4 gives an account of fallen angels or “sons of God” who came to earth to have sexual intercourse with human women in order to give birth to the Nephilim, which was a hybrid race. The Nephilim have been described as being a race of giants and they had a mixture of both human and demonic DNA.
Therefore the alleged physical sighting of aliens may actually be demonic beings disguised as extraterrestrials.
It is believed that alien deception will play a major part in relation to human deception in the end times.
In Matthew 24:37, Jesus says: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”
This can be interpreted as meaning that just as fallen angels and the Nephilim made themselves visible during the days of Noah in Genesis 6, then it is possible that fallen angels and the Nephilim will attempt to physically re-emerge in the last days before the return of Jesus Christ.
However, if demons manifest as aliens, it’s important to remember that these demons are part of God’s creation and they mostly exist in the spiritual realm which God also created.
It is also important to realize that God is the Creator of all things – both the seen and the unseen (Hebrews 11:3).
All of creation in the entire universe exists because of God, and all creation ultimately submits to the Lordship and authority of God (John 1:3; Revelation 4:11).

Of all the things that God created, mankind is the only creation that was created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27).
Our role as mankind is to submit to God as our Creator and to totally trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour because without Christ in our lives, we cannot experience forgiveness for our sins and neither can we enter into an eternal relationship with God.

 

Are Demons Real? How Do They Operate?

What are demons and are they real? The least group of people who are likely to have a disbelief in demons are most probably atheists and agnostics. So this group of people is in the minority.
However, if you ask a Satanist or a Christian if demons exist – both will obviously agree that they do.
In fact, most people from different cultures, religions and sects believe in the existence of demons.
People involved in the occult; in witchcraft; in secret societies and even in the entertainment industry believe in demons and understand that there is a spiritual realm that exists.

Demons are fallen angels who together with Satan, rebelled against God and attempted to unseat God from His throne.
Demons are spirit beings that exercise freewill. They have an intellect just like humans. According to Isaiah 14:12-25 and Revelations 12:4, Satan took with him at least one-third of the angels during their failed rebellion against God in Heaven.

Demons wage war against humanity in 8 ways:
1. By creating false doctrines, wicked cultures and false philosophies
2. By creating false teachers, false religions and demonic groups & sects
3. By creating spiritual warfare methods such as witchcraft, occultism, wicca
4. By fighting God’s angels
5. By demon possession
6. By disguising as an angel of light
7. By causing physical illness
8. By causing hypnosis and mind control of individuals or groups

1 Timothy 4:1 says: Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
The Bible says that there are people who will abandon the truth and willfully follow and obey the doctrines of demons.
Therefore, demons are able to introduce enticing doctrines that can lead people astray and put them into spiritual bondage. Demons fight against God by influencing individuals, groups, cities and even nations with the intention of leading the human race to hell so that people can be eternally separated from God.

Ephesians 6:12 says that our fight as humans is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

The Bible therefore warns that there are spiritual entities and forces that work against humans and they work together with a common goal to control and lead people astray from God.

Demons are led by Satan and they not only fight humans – but they also battle against God’s angels as reflected in Daniel 10:13.

In the Bible demons would usually manifest by totally possessing and controlling the physical body of an individual. Demon possession is when a person’s body is under the complete control of a demon.
Demon possession mostly occurs with people who are not genuine born again Christians. A child of God cannot be possessed by a demon because he/she is a new creation in Christ and the Holy Spirit dwells inside of the Christian.
1 John 4:4 says: You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Demons also manifest in false teachers because of their false doctrines. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 speaks of false teachers who are agents of Satan and they “disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” just as the devil “disguises himself as an angel of light”.
1 John 4:1 also says that we should not believe every spirit because of the rise and influence of false prophets.
This reflects that demonic spirits are linked to the teachings and activities of many false teachers.

Even Jesus had to deal with demons during His ministry on earth. On many occasions Christ would cast out all types of demons (Matthew 8:28-33; Luke 4:41; Luke 11:14).
Matthew 8:16 says: When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,

Jesus Christ demonstrated as the Son of God that He had power over demons and also that Satan did not have any kind of authority over Christ.
In Luke 10:19-20, Jesus said: Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

Therefore, through Christ, the Christian has authority over the power of the enemy. It is only through Christ that the enemy can be defeated in our lives. Jesus Christ gives us the victory over the demonic forces.
Colossians 2:14-15 says: Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

The devil was defeated by Jesus Christ on the Cross. Christ shed His blood in payment for the sins of the world. Therefore anyone who repents and believes in Christ as Lord and Saviour will live in the authority and protection of Christ. This is why demons cannot possess a Christian.
The only way to avoid the deceptive influences of the demonic is to have a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.